The children’s enjoyment of writing will shine in their bold vocabulary choices, careful presentation and clear understanding of what they are writing about. Additionally, they will use precise grammatical terminology to discuss and learn from the works of notable authors and to explain their own writing choices. Their resulting skills, knowledge and passion for writing will lead to success in further education, employment and personal life endeavours.
How we teach Writing
At Chesterton, children are immersed in a subject for a half term. They study a quality book about the topic and take a related trip which allows them to develop the knowledge to write with confidence and authority. In class, teachers write example pieces so children understand the characteristics of different genres. Additionally, for each piece, children are taught a grammar concept which helps them to write accurately and learn the correct terminology to discuss writing with precision.
Children will encounter the same grammar skills across the school to ensure they have mastered the concepts thoroughly and are introduced to increasingly complex grammar concepts as they progress each year. At tables, word banks or displays guide children towards suitable and striking vocabulary choices while paragraph plans often help children to structure their work logically.
Children craft a piece of writing over two days; this helps children build their writing stamina and gives them sufficient time to create a quality piece. Children’s personal writing targets are always accessible to them so they know their next steps towards riveting writing.